We bring hope to the center of the war in Syria
Aleppo is one of the most terrible centers of the war in Syria. Not only since the devastating attack on the aid convoy last week, that the media has been reporting so much about, the second biggest city of Syria is a piece of hell on earth. The battle of Aleppo has lasted since 2012. Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives, countless are wounded and many more have fled or have been expelled.
This is also echoed in the aid association, a chapter of Hatune Foundation, that I founded in 2007 in Aleppo: it once had 72 helpers, now only eight are left.
Aleppo is plagued by a multi-frontier war, that is also a proxy war. The regime troops of Bashar al-Assad, supported by Iran and Russia, are fighting against a coalition led by the USA. Both are fighting – more or less – against the Islamic State, which controls the eastside of the city. Furthermore, there are Islamic extremist groups, Al- Qaeda, Al-Nusra, Shiite militias, the Revolutionary Guards, Kurdish militia, Syrian rebels and the Free Syrian Army. And the “White Helmets”, a section of Al-Qaeda/Al-Nusra, acting as a first responder aid group.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey give support with weapons and military logistics to varying groups, and are pursuing their own interests as well. Besides Qatar, those two countries are also the main financiers of the war in Syria. This war has attracted 40.000 foreign fighters from over 100 countries so far.
Now, Aleppo is totally destroyed, in total chaos, and nobody knows who is fighting whom exactly. Since the beginning of the war, there have been ever changing coalitions, that nobody is able to fathom. The USA neither, whose main goal during the last ceasefire was to separate the “moderate” fighters inside the Al-Nusra brigades from the really radical ones. The Pentagon had spent 500 Million $ for the training of some 100 moderate rebels before. It didn’t work out, they all defected to Al-Nusra.
The outcome of such political delusion in a war is always more suffering civilians, those that still remain in Aleppo. Wherever there is an attack and whoever attacks, civilians are the first among casualties. But even here, there is a big difference: The Islamic State kills everybody right away, the government troops only attack, if they have been attacked before. So I was told by a young woman, that has just arrived from Syria in Warburg, so I was told by the head of our chapter in Aleppo.
What else he told me, is a sign of hope: those parts of the city, that are controlled by the Assad regime, are relatively calm. The people are in great misery, but in relative security. There is a chance to help them.
Because of that, I will soon go to the Middle East again, this time also to Aleppo. Together with our friends of our chapter, we want to give people food packages and money. Through our network, we are able to get foodstuff from outside the city. In the run-up, our friends will evaluate who really needs the help – some people still have a house, some have money, but many have lost everything.
We want to help as many people as possible. Dear friends, please help us with a donation to make it very many. Pease go to http://hatunefoundation.com/international/ and mark Your donation with ‘Help’. Thank you all!
With the best wishes,
And God may bless You all
Sister Hatune Dogan
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